Life Course Center

The Wheel of Life by Gustav Vigeland

The Life Course Center (LCC), a unit in the University of Minnesota Department of Sociology, was founded in 1986 to support scholarly inquiry related to the life course. It is supported by the College of Liberal Arts and the Department of Sociology. The center provides an intellectual forum that enriches the research and educational activities of a broad range of faculty and students in the Department of Sociology as well as in other units of the University.

Life course studies encompass all stages of life from birth to death. Affiliated faculty use a wide range of theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches, including qualitative and quantitative work, historical studies of the life course in different periods, comparative work that spans diverse societal contexts, and applied, policy-relevant research.

Although the center is not currently a degree-granting program, it enhances graduate education through research, seminars, and courses offered by center faculty. Graduate students participate as research assistants and as collaborators in faculty research. Students and faculty alike share their research ideas, plans, and findings in the Life Course Center Seminar Series.